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Fire system wins FM Approvals' data centre credits

Marioff announced its HI-FOG water mist fire protection system meets FM Approvals standards for fire protection in data centres

Marioff's HI-FOG has won FM Approvals' data centre certification.
Marioff's HI-FOG has won FM Approvals' data centre certification.

Finnish company Marioff announced its HI-FOG water mist fire protection system meets FM Approvals standards for fire protection in data centres. 

The standards were created by FM Approvals, a third-party testing and certification services outfit.

HI-FOG won FM Approvals' certification after full-scale fire tests, which include protection of data processing equipment halls and cable trays under raised floors. 

Marioff, a developer of water mist fire protection technology, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp, which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The company expects demand for data centre-specific products to grow as the sector gains traction globally. 

HI-FOG, Marioff said in a statement, "helps to reduce equipment damage and downtime" using by localised suppression of fires, as well as through low water consumption. 

Remarking on the certification, Henri Simula, global account manager at Marioff Corporation Oy, said: "It is a logical add-on to our impressive list of approvals and shows that HI-FOG is a performance-based solution now formally certified to protect modern data centers as well.

"In addition to HI-FOG’s superior firefighting capabilities, another benefit is there are no expensive refill costs, which are typically found with gas suppression systems." 

The HI-FOG system can function in ventilated conditions as well as in the narrow spaces under the raised floor of a data hall and is equipped with a pre-action security mechanism, which prevents accidental water leakages and false discharges in the white space.

Marioff has operations in the GCC, and operates through Zener Fire & Security in the UAE. 

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